Watts Happenings News and Blog

Celebrating 35 Years... Thank You Kristin!

System - Monday, December 21, 2015
We would like to give a heartfelt “Thank You!” to Kristin Pest today as we celebrate her 35th anniversary with Watts Realty!

It’s hard to believe Kristin has been with us through three generations of Watts.  Kristin started with us when she was 19 years old and has been an integral part of our company ever since. She has touched just about every job function of our business – from the front desk, telephone and rent receipts to property management, sales and leasing to her current position as our office manager and bookkeeper.
We are excited to celebrate this milestone with her and look forward to her future with us!
Congratulations, Kristin!

Annual "Turkey For Tenants" Giveaway

System - Sunday, November 22, 2015

Every Year Watts Realty gives away Turkeys to our tenants that have been renting with us for 10 years or more.  This year we had 21 Turkeys to give out.  One of our tenants has been with us for 30+ years. And he hasn't missed a turkey since we started handing them out in 2003. 


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Chip Installed As Senior Vice President for IREMĀ®

System - Thursday, November 19, 2015

Chip was installed as a Senior Vice President for the Institute of Real Estate Management® this month while he was at the IREM® Leadership Conference in Utah. It was announced in this months edition of JPM Magazine

Chip is heavily involved at the international level with the Institute of Real Estate Management® and recently served as Member-At-Large on the Executive Committee, based out of Chicago, IL. He has previously served as a Regional Vice President for IREM®, Chair of the Chapter Leadership Forum, Chair of the Membership & Credentialing Committee as well as a 2008-2014Governing Councillor for IREM®.

Congratulations Chip! Keep up the good work.

David Donates Over 200 DVD Movies To YMCA Camp Cosby

System - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

If you've ever experienced being a camp counselor during the summer months, then you know how important that time away from the cabin can be.  It can be a time to regenerate your spirits, a time for some to catch up on much needed rest, and for some a time to escape in a good book or short movie. That's were David comes in.

Through the years, before there was streaming services, if you wanted to watch a movie you had three options; the theater, what ever was on television at the time, or DVDs.  Since camp is usually a place where streaming service and cable don't exist and the nearest theater is an hour away, DVDs are obviously the most convenient and David had quite the extensive library after 7 years of managing Blockbuster and Movie Gallery stores.  So before this summer started David donated a TV, DVD player, and 200+ DVD movies to YMCA Camp Cosby.  As you can see from the "Thank You" poster it was definitely well received.

David is currently the Chair of the Board for YMCA Camp Cosby.

The Institute of Real Estate ManagementĀ® Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

System - Monday, October 26, 2015

Chip was in Salt Lake City, Utah last week attending the IREM® Leadership Conference making sure everything runs smoothly as part of his executive duties. 

He can't actually see the camera man taking the picture, but little did he know he was staring down the barrel of a Canon lens.  Which provides us with funny awkward photos at the workplace.

IREM® volunteer leaders direct the activities of the organization, with members of the IREM® Executive Committee and a team of Regional Vice Presidents playing central roles. They are supported on an ongoing basis by a staff of association development, management, and administration professionals. Executive Committee members and Regional Vice Presidents are part of a larger IREM leadership group called the Governing Council, which also includes elected CPM®, ARM®, ACoM®, and CPM® Candidate Members, all international and domestic chapter presidents, and other ex officio members. The Council is the final authority on decisions affecting Institute bylaws, policy and budget matters.

Birmingham's Zyp bikeshare program launches this week

System - Thursday, October 15, 2015

The new Zyp Bikeshare Program in Birmingham got rolling this week and Chip Watts was there with Mayor Bell to test them out for the first time. He even rode it by the office to show off the new ride. 

 Check out this article for more...

International Focus: Where in the World is Your Next Deal or Client?

System - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

This past March, the National Association of REALTORS® took unprecedented action by hosting the NAR - United States Pavilion at MIPIM, one of the largest international real estate events in the world, showcasing U.S. markets and members. 

Chip was at the MIPIM conference in France, and this is what he discovered...

 “The MIPIM conference is an eye-opener to those who are not fully aware of the global impact of real estate on your local marketplace and the sheer amount of business that is ready and willing to come into your market from foreign investors. All those investors need is a personal invitation from you to check out your city.”
Chip Watts, CCIM, CPM
Birmingham, Alabama

 For more on the article click the following link... http://www.realtor.org/articles/international-focus-where-in-the-world-is-your-next-deal-or-client

Watts Realty Launches New Website!

System - Sunday, September 27, 2015
With all the new mobile technology available to us today, Watts Realty Company, Inc. launched a new website for those always on the go.  Now with new mobile responsive technology, you can browse listings, request maintenance, and check out Industry News and trends all from the palm of your hands.  Check it out and visit us at www.wattsrealty.com.

Watts Realty Company To Develop 86-Unit Flats on Fourth In The Parkside District

System - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It will consist of a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments and will have a club room on the top level overlooking Regions Field to the north, the Parkside district to the west and the Medical district to the south. Click here to learn more!

Watts Realty Goes To Cannes, France

System - Monday, March 9, 2015
Chip Watts is in Cannes, France showing the world that Birmingham, Alabama is the best place to invest!
He is working with the Birmingham Association of REALTORS®, Inc. to bring more international people & firms into our market. Watch them live at http://ustre.am/1b47S or check out the conference information at www.mipim.com!

UPDATE!: They have consolidated the MIPIM 2015 live feed and social media feeds so we can follow Birmingham's involvement at MIPIM 2015 in Cannes, France. 
We can now see live video as well as previously recorded video of guest speakers such as Bill Br..See More.

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